Triple the Torture with Bloodbath’s Classic First Two Albums and EP Coming this July on CD Plus Limited Coloured Vinyl
Bloodbath is a titan of death metal from Stockholm, Sweden, notable for the inclusion of Katatonia and Opeth members and, in their recent era, welcoming Nick Holmes of UK doom legends Paradise Lost to join in with the brutality. Formed in 1998 with a mutual fascination for horror & the glory days of death metal from classic bands such as Entombed, Morbid Angel, Cancer & Autopsy, Bloodbath has remained a leading light of extreme metal since their ‘Breeding Death’ EP was unleashed back in 2000, and a formidable force for over 20 years, cemented in recent times by their ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’ (2014) opus and its follow-up, the even blacker-hearted ‘The Arrow of Satan is Drawn’ in 2018.
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‘Breeding Death’ was the original catalyst to propel Bloodbath into the death metal sphere with full force. Primarily dedicated to recreating the buzzsaw, high-energy sound of mainly Swedish greats such as Entombed, Carnage and Dismember, ‘Breeding Death’ was pure death metal worship to reignite the fading old school essence of brutality as the 21st century dawned.
Bloodbath’s initial line-up consisted of Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse of Katatonia joined by Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth on vocals, and completed by Dan Swanö of Edge of Sanity on drums. The EP was recorded at The Sanctuary in Sweden, with production and mixing duties also handled by Dan Swanö.
This edition of ‘Breeding Death’ includes bonus tracks in the shape of demo versions of the songs ‘Breeding Death’ and ‘Ominous Bloodvomit’.
NIGHTMARES MADE FLESH
‘Nightmares Made Flesh’ was Bloodbath’s second studio album, and was originally released in 2004. With Mikael Akerfeldt no longer on vocal duties, it was the chance for another metal legend to step in, in the shape of Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren, and with Dan Swanö now joining Anders Nyström on guitars, this was also the Bloodbath debut of Opeth’s drummer extraordinaire, Martin Axenrot.
Considered quite an evolution or even departure from their debut, ‘Nightmares Made Flesh’ expanded on the melodic and technical elements and formed an album more complex in its scope, tempo, and rhythmic approach, and less a pure dedication to the old school scene. The album also utilised some influences more in line with metal from further afield compared to previous releases, whilst still firmly marking their own identity with hook-filled anthems such as fan-favourite, ‘Eaten’.
Recorded and mixed at Fascination Street Studios, with production duties carried out by Jens Bogren.
This edition of ‘Nightmares Made Flesh’ includes the original cover courtesy of renowned artist Wes Benscoter (Autopsy, Slayer).
RESURRECTION THROUGH CARNAGE
Debut album ‘Resurrection Through Carnage’ was released in 2002, and built on the foundations laid by the ‘Breeding Death’ EP, with a continuation of the classic old school Swedish sound and d-beat style, whilst notably establishing a maturity and identity of their own. The album introduced more dynamic and controlled, groove-laden passages and melodic/atmospheric texturing, whilst still infusing the compositions with influences from the genre’s glorious past.
As with ‘Breeding Death’, Bloodbath’s line-up of Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse of Katatonia, Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, and Dan Swanö of Edge of Sanity remained, with production and engineering duties once more handled by Dan Swanö and the band. This edition of ‘Resurrection Through Carnage’ marks 20 years since the album’s original release.
North America March Of The Crucifiers Tour rescheduled for May 2022
NORTH AMERICAN DATES RESCHEDULED
We have been crushingly disappointed from tours falling through in the past, and it would be naive to say there isn’t an element of uncertainly about tours in the future. However, we are determined to commit to playing the US in 2022 and we are pleased to announce the following new dates…
22nd – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
23rd – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
24th – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
25th – Toronto, ON – Opera House
27th – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest*
Tickets on sale Friday, May 7th 2021 – www.bloodbath.biz
With guests Xael (except *)
Bloodbath latest studio album The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn
The fifth full-length studio release from the Swedish masters of metal extremity, fusing the best of death & black metal into a malevolent torrent of blasphemy, OUT NOW
Watch the new blood-soaked, psycho slashing song “Chainsaw Lullaby” above. Video created by Ash Pears.
Like all gore-drenched sequels, demonic death metal supergroup, Bloodbath’s fifth slice of morbid savagery comes even darker, nastier and sicker than before. It’s been four years since Grand Morbid Funeral, and Stockholm’s shadiest death cult – with members drawn from metal luminaries Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Opeth and Craft- return with a new slab of old-school, HM-2 driven blackness: The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn
Recorded by Bloodbath and Karl Daniel Liden, at Ghost Ward, City Of Glass & Tri-Lamb Studios,during the first half of this foul year of our Lord, the album is the second with Old Nick on vocals. If Grand Morbid Funeral was a thick spray of deathly noise, on The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn, it is the rotten, fetid state of the world and our inevitable doom that is casting a looming shadow over proceedings. With world leaders threatening nuclear annihilation in 140 characters over social media, capitalism tearing itself apart, a wilful march into a surveillance state via handy pocket spying devices, a shifting climate that appears to literally be trying to kill us… It’s all fuelled Bloodbath’s newest ode to filth.
“What are we presenting with this album? Humanity’s unfaltering march prone towards downfall,” declares guitarist Blakkheim. “The threat to this world isn’t from far beyond the sun, the enemy is right here, within the walls. Only the god of emptiness will survive us all. The arrow of Satan is drawn!”
Right from the opening notes of the scything “Fleischmann”, this sense of impending horror is carved into the music. The brutal “Wayward Samaritan” is anything but merciful, while “Deader” is a truly morbid workout, and “Morbid Antichrist” summons the spirits of those two classic death metal outfits perfectly. By the time things reach an atomic conclusion on the evil rock’n’roll of “Chainsaw Lullaby”, you’ll have been sucked into Bloodbath’s unholy world forever.
There’s an extra nasty layer on The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn. This time, among the usual chainsaw riffs and blasts, the darkness of Blakkheim’s words is also reflected in the addition of new guitarist Joakim Karlsson of Swedish black metal plague Craft. It’s a step forward that’s only given the band’s already fearsome fangs extra rabid bite.
He’s not the only extra face getting covered in gore. “Bloodicide” – quite literally meaning ‘The Killing Of Blood’ – features a full house of British death metal guest stars, with Carcass’ Jeff Walker, Bolt Thrower/Memoriam singer Karl Willetts and Cancer’s John Walker all lending their larynxes to the madness.
“It wasn’t deliberately planned to be just british guests, but as it randomly turned out that way, it became a really cool feat!” laughs Blakkheim. “Nick [Holmes], Jeff, Karl and John are all legends respectively within the UK death metal scene and we’re proud to bring them all together on our little old school soiree to tribute the days of old.”
“There’s no mitigating circumstances coming your way any time soon… The world is a mad place full of darkness, horror, disease and terror! Hell on Earth is real and not just limited to fiction. The dark ages transcend all frontiers, ever present but yet unseen.” Blakkheim